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James Collins

Assistant Professor of Classics

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3685
Office: THH 256N

Philosophical Stages


Ph.D. Classics and Ancient Philosophy, Stanford University, 8/2007
B.A. Classics, Philosophy, Plan II, University of Texas at Austin, 12/2000

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Lecturer, University of Southern California, 08/2007-05/2008  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Ancient Philosophy, Greek Literature, Cultural History



Collins II, J. H. (2015). Exhortations to Philosophy: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Collins II, James Henderson and Richard Rader (Ed.). (2013). The Enigmatic Context: Approaches to Greek Drama. (Vol. 42, Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature - Cambridge Journals Online.

Book Chapter

Collins II, J. H. (2011). Prompts for Participation in Early Philosophical Texts. Orality, Literacy and Performance in the Ancient W E.J. Brill.

Journal Article

Collins II, J. H. (2013). Socrates in the Marketplace. Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletin. Vol. 2 (1)
Collins II, J. H. (2013). Dancing the Virtues, Becoming Virtuous: Procedural Memory and Ethical Presence. Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature - Cambridge Journals Online. Vol. 42, pp. 183-206.

New Courses Developed

Greek and Latin at all levels, Classics, undergraduate and graduate courses including Greek and Latin graduate surveys, 2007-2015  
Philosophy in the Marketplace, Classics, graduate seminar, Fall 2014   
Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, Classics, undergraduate seminar, Spring 2014   
Ancient Drama, Classics, undergraduate seminar with performance module, Fall 2011   
Philosophy and Literature, Thematic Option, undergraduate seminar, Fall 2010   
Ancient Science, Classics, undergraduate seminar, Spring 2010   
Pragmatics of Cultural Production, Classics, graduate seminar, Spring 2010   
Performing Wisdom, Thematic Option, Fundamental to Greek and Roman philosophy is the concept of the ‘art of living’ which maintains that living a good life is at heart a public performance, and thus entails particular modes of action, engagement, and self-presentation and stylization. Philosophical theory and practice, thoughts and deeds together contribute to the philosophical art of constructing, performing, and becoming the right sort of character. In addition to reading philosophy with an eye to how the ancients variously embodied and performed their wisdom, this course explores techniques drawn from contemporary performance theory in highly performative, experimental, and collaborative learning environments in order to develop an appreciation for this particular sort of philosophical activity. Performing Wisdom aims primarily at developing this craft for the participants’ own efforts at self-examination and presentation., Spring 2008   

Honors and Awards

Residential Fellow at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, 2013-2014   
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